Today: Swire asks a question at Prime Minister’s Question Time (no, not about East Devon)

Hugo Swire, a Conservative, asks if May has a message for the people of Hong Kong.

May says people were marching peacefully in Hong Kong. It is vital that Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy is respected. She has raised this with Chinese leaders, she says.

Run by family members (Owl seems to recall cousin Barnaby runs the Hong Kong end:

“Swire Group is a Hong Kong- and London-based diversified conglomerate. Many of its core businesses can be found within the Asia Pacific region, where traditionally Swire’s operations have centred on Hong Kong and mainland China. Within Asia, Swire’s activities come under the group’s publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific Limited.[1] Elsewhere in the world, many businesses are held directly by parent company, John Swire & Sons Limited, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, East Africa, Sri Lanka, the USA and UK. Swire controls a large property empire in Asia – mainly Hong Kong. The current chairman is Barnaby Swire. Taikoo (太古) is the Chinese name of Swire. It serves as the brand name for businesses such as Taikoo Sugar and Taikoo Shing.”

Here’s some info about the family:

and here’s some history of the Swire Group in China and Hong Kong: